Latest News About Black Holes

A black hole is a location in space that possesses so much gravity, nothing can escape its pull, even light. Learn more about what black holes are and the latest news.
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Black Hole 'Wakes Up' After 26-Year Slumber
X-Ray Light Show from Black Hole
July 2nd, 2015
After "sleeping" for 26 years, a black hole's activity lit up astronomical observatories on June 15,and it's still going on today.
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140 Million Suns! Monster Black Hole Weighs In
Galaxy NGC 1097
June 22nd, 2015
A monster black hole in the heart of a barred spiral galaxy called NGC 1097 has the mass of 140 million suns, according to new measurements. A vivid video by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory describes how researchers "weighed" the black hole.
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Black Holes Might Make Dark Matter Shine
Black Hole Eating Material
May 14th, 2015
As dark matter circles around a black hole, it might create a gamma-ray signal that could be detectable from Earth. A visible signal from the otherwise-invisible stuff would be a major breakthrough in the study of this mysterious material.
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Brightest Galaxy in the Universe Found
Most Luminous Galaxy in the Universe
May 22nd, 2015
A newfound galaxy 12.5 billion light-years from Earth is the most luminous one known in the universe, blazing more brightly than 300 trillion suns. The engine behind the galaxy's brilliance may be a supermassive black hole, researchers said.
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Astronomers Salute Hubble Telescope, Look Forward to Its Successor
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
May 4th, 2015
At a panel discussion Thursday (April 30) at New York's Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, scientists discussed how much Hubble has allowed humans to see, and the possibilities for the telescopes' successor, scheduled to launch in 2018.
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